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Researching Careers

As a graduate student, you probably enjoy doing research. Engage your research skills in finding out more about industries and occupations you’re curious about. There are lots of resources online to give you a better idea of what’s out there.

LACS's Beyond the Tower Gateway gives UT liberal arts students free access to many databases where you can research industries, careers, geographic locations, and more. You’ll need to sign up for a BTT Gateway account, but this is free and available to current UT liberal arts graduate students.

LACS resources include:

  • HireUTexas: lists current job opportunities, mostly in Austin or other cities in Texas. There can be upwards of 1,000 jobs posted here.
  • Subscription databases: access this and other career research databases by logging in to your BTT Gateway account, then navigating to External Links.
  • Vault Career Guides and Career Insider: Vault provides some of the most in-depth information and analysis of industries, companies, and occupations, including free book-length PDFs. Their information tends to be most robust about corporate, finance, and management types of jobs. Salary amounts are also a top priority in their guides.
  • Business Journals and Book of Lists: lists industries in different locations. See what’s going on in different cities, who’s winning contracts, etc.

Many local, state, and national organizations recruit on campus through LACS, so sign up for email or Twitter alerts to be notified about job fairs and other recruiting events.

Other online resources

Occupational Outlook Handbook: a website sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics providing a wealth of up-to-date information about hundreds of occupations, earning potential, and the projected outlook of that occupation’s growth
O*NET OnLine - a U.S. Department of Labor site where you can research careers, identify your skills, and more
WetFeet: general site for researching careers, employers, and job search tips one of the largest job search engines in the world 
Glass Door: research salaries nonprofit careers
U.S. Government Jobs
Chronicle of Higher Education: can search for administrative and non-academic jobs (check out Vitae, the online career hub for faculty and administration job postings)

Continue On...

Now that you've learned where you can go to find out more about non-academic careers, read on for tips about how to write your job materials.

 • Researching Careers • CVs and Cover LettersNetworking and Interviewing

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